We pick up this one directly after Jonny finds out about Ariel’s secret. But she’s not the only one with a secret! If you signed up to my newsletter you will already know who else has a secret and whose world will never be the same again!
The Secrets of Saltlake: Breaking News.
Jonny looked at his dad quizzically. All kinds of thoughts and emotions were running through his head as he took in the sight of the four men before him. His dad, Judge Marsdon was an intimidating figure at 6ft 7in and the physique of a football player. He worked out and kept in shape when he was sat in a courtroom and Jonny spent many an evening and weekend playing football with his dad. But never had he seen him quite so serious. Usually, he kept that strictly for his day job.
The chief of police flanked his left side and was too an imposing figure. A high school hockey man, Chief Cardle had retained his athletic physique and despite not much happening by way crime in their small town, he kept busy and on the go and used his 6ft stature to make sure everyone towed the line.
The mayor was perched precariously on a bar stool at the other end of the table. Running his fingers through his short greying hair he was noticeably older than the other 2 men, and Ariel’s dad. But he still had his finger on the pulse and nothing in Saltlake escaped his attention. The man literally seemed to have eyes and ears everywhere.
But right now the collection of the most powerful men in the room weren’t displaying any sign of authority. Jonny could feel concern. Wrapping around him like a cold breeze and it sent a shiver down his spine. He wasn’t sure he liked where this was heading. He opened his mouth to speak but felt Ariel’s dad’s words in his head before he could form the words.
“She’s OK son” Jamieson, Ariel’s dad told him. Jonny looked around him. Taking in the 3 faces around the black marble island he wondered, can they hear him too? Do they know what’s going on? Without missing a beat Jamieson reassured his thoughts “Yes Jonny. All these men know of our secret and know who we are” Confusion, then anger etched its way across his tired features. With his brain foggy and unable to fully process the information Jonny blurted out “What? And no one thought to tell me? I have been coming into this house for longer than I can remember and no one, until now, thought I should know any of this?”
Judge Marsdon moved quickly to Jonny’s side. Placing a hand on his shoulder to calm his son and steady himself, he knew it was time to come clean and Jonny needed to know this too.
Looking up at his dad Jonny’s rant came to an abrupt end as that calming feeling he felt around his dad clicked into place and made total sense.
“Son,” Judge Marsdon started ” Many years ago, Earth was attacked, caught in the crossfire between a war raging from 2 distant galaxies. Saltlake bore the brunt of the fallout as the 2 parties fought their battles to the death. It was a matter of life and death but not a war that Earth could fight, nor needed to know anything about. The Diadrodes Galaxy and The Pescurious Galaxy were locked in battle and unable to resolve their war without destroying every other galaxy in the skies.”
Jonny jaw literally hit the floor. What were they telling me? What is going on? I don’t understand? His mind was scrambling at a million miles an hour as he fought to keep up and digest the words coming from his father’s mouth. Only they weren’t actually coming from his mouth. As Jonny’s eyes adjusted and his brain caught up the realisation hit square in the face. But the floor was about to hit him as his legs, which currently resembled jelly, lost all their structure and became unable to support him as he slid down the side of the kitchen island and became one with the floor.
“So…..” Jonny started “who exactly are you? I mean we? I mean what on Earth is going on?” “I don’t…..” The words came out jumbled and Jonny was powerless to stop his verbal diarrhoea as the 4 men fought to fill in the blanks as Jonny’s world as he knew it shattered into a million pieces. Black shards flying off into a million pieces in the blink of an eye as they smashed the hammer down on his life right in front of his eyes. A life he loved gone in one fell swoop and a dagger plunged straight into his heart.
But their words tumbled over his head. He couldn’t breathe. He needed to get out of this room but he knew not one of those men would let him leave. Jonny looked up above him and forced himself to focus on Jamieson. Tell me the truth he pleaded and quick. Where is Ariel?
Jamieson cleared Jonny’s mind and hushed the voices causing a melange of sounds in his head. An untuned orchestra whose only symphony was noise and chaos. “Jonny” rushed Jamieson ” you need to go to Ariel but not now”
He continued “I will be joining her with her mother shortly but this something she needs to do alone. You are a direct descendant of the Prescurious Galaxy Rulers, who along with Auragon fight for all our galaxies to live harmoniously side by side in peace. Your family were brought here to keep the world safe and to protect all those who need sanctuary from the wars that still rage. The Corleaux forced my family from power when I refused to join the wars and destroy other galaxies so I brought my family here to keep them safe and build a new life until we could return and save our home. You Jonny, you come from a line of peace, love and strong leadership. But this isn’t your fight. I know this, these men know this. All of us are here for a reason and we need you to be here too. The portal will be open today and you are not prepared to, nor able to, fight off the powers that will explode through. But I can, We, The Aurelious family, we can fight this fight Jonny and I give you my word. We will bring Ariel back”
Oh man…. will Jonny listen to Ariel’s dad? What do you think? I think he’s a teenage boy and this could go very, very wrong! Make sure to sign up so you don’t miss the conclusion to this story!